PfSense box broken
I've been using pfSense for over a year now, not really knowing much about it - basically treating it as an appliance - switch it on and it just works…
However yesterday something must have broken, and after rebooting several times I can't get it to work properly. It seems that one of the NICs is not working. (I have tried different cables to ensure it isn't a cable fault.) I have a Supermicro MB (not sure which one) with twin Intel NICs. How can I tell whether there is a hardware fault?
pfSense can't assign IP addresses to both NICs although I am able to PING the outside world from the box
And if I can't get both NICs working, can someone point me to crash course in VLANs? I have never used them, but understand that I can use pfSense with just one NIC if I have a smart switch. I have a TP-LINK TL-SG2008 which supports VLANs but have no idea how to configure it.
I couldn't figure out how to set up a VLAN so decided to get a USB NIC and am back in business using a ThinkPad T61 as my pfSense box.
Unfortunately the USB NIC only supports 100Mb and am wondering if this might be causing a bottleneck and if I would be better just using the internal Intel 1Gb NIC together with a VLAN…
Got space on the mobo to drop in a PCI or PCIe NIC?